Former Missouri State president leaving university

Thursday, June 23, 2011 | 9:13 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — Former Missouri State University president Mike Nietzel (NIT-zul) is taking a retirement incentive and will leave the school, effective July 31.

Nietzel also serves as an education consultant to Gov. Jay Nixon. He stepped down from the university presidency last year but spent the last academic year as apsychology professor.

The university announced Wednesday that the 63-year-old Nietzel will take a $25,000 cash incentive to retire. The retirement incentive was available to all eligible Missouri State professors.

Nietzel told The Springfield News-Leader that he had always considered retiring after one year more year on the faculty, and the incentive program convinced him to do so.

Nixon's spokesman, Scott Holste, said the governor values Nietzel's advice on education but no decision has been made whether Nietzel will continue in that role.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader,


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